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I’ve been playing with Google+ the past couple weeks, and my conclusion is this: Yes. If photographers had to chose between sharing images on Google, Facebook, or Twitter, Google is the standout.

Two aspects of Google’s new social media network improve on the earlier sites, at least from the perspective of image-sharing:

  1. Most importantly, images look fantastic. The compression algorithms are kind, the pixel dimensions aren’t automatically resized, the pages and galleries are elegant, and the upload interface is simple.
  2. The hashtag feature, borrowed from Twitter, allows like-minded photographers to effortlessly find each other’s work. I’m now following some great artists I don’t think I’d have heard about otherwise.

Of course, if Google+ keeps improving their photography interface, they may someday be nearly as useful as Flickr.

Alex Wild About the Author: Alex Wild is an Illinois-based entomologist who studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books, and media outlets. Follow on Twitter @myrmecos.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. lakawak 6:47 pm 10/16/2011

    But, if you are photographer, you probably want people to SEE your work. That means you don’t want to use Google+ since virtually no one is still using Google+ and that number is getting smaller every day.

    Link to this
  2. 2. gmperkins 5:02 pm 10/18/2011

    @lakawak => Its the Internet, post pics on all of em to hit every market :D

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  3. 3. LlarkLlord 1:30 pm 12/6/2011

    @lakawak: If you had verified this before posting, you wouldn’t have posted it.

    Here’s Alex’s profile:
    https://plus.google.com/101508761974943939560/posts

    Doesn’t look like “virtually no one is still using Google+”.

    Link to this

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